- the earliest were hand mirrors, with whole-body mirrors not appearing until the 1st century AD
- the use of glass with a metallic backing started in the late 12th-early 13th centuries
- beveled mirrors, with early frames made of ivory, silver, ebony, or tortoiseshell - or veneered with marquetry of walnut, olive, or laburnum
- mirrors over a mantelpiece were called overmantels
- the cheval glass, a free-standing full-length mirror in a frame with four feet
- feng shui articles like mirrors and crystals aid the harmonious flow of chi
- Koan: If your original face is not what you see in the mirror nor the mask that you show the world, then what is it?
- today's mirrors are made by sputtering a thin layer of molten aluminum or silver onto the back of a plate of glass in a vacuum
- a mirror's surface must be perfectly smooth or its irregularities must be smaller than the wavelength of the light being reflected
- Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. (K. Gibran)
- Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors. (E. O'Neill)
- Mirrors in a room, water in a landscape, eyes in a face - those are what give character. (Brooke Astor)
- As we observe others, mirroring brain cells recreate their experiences within us. Because of mirror neurons, you do not simply see what other people are doing as you watch them. You are actually feeling sensations in your own brain as if you were doing these actions.
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